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Resolute Forest Products U.S. Invests $105 Million In Its Calhoun, Tennessee, Paper Mill

Area Development Online News Desk (03/27/2014)
Resolute Forest Products U.S. will invest $105 million in equipment and building improvements at its Calhoun, Tennessee, pulp and paper mill. Upon completion of the project, the company will create 25 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1954 as one of the earliest newsprint mills in the southern United States, the plant is located on the Hiwassee River in Calhoun, Tennessee. The paper mill is one of the largest in North America as a result of continued expansion and investments, and employs a workforce of more than 500 people.

The company’s investment will support the acquisition of a modern continuous pulp digester and other equipment to process wood chips. Other investments will be made on paper machine equipment which will allow for the strategic shift to a white paper grade mix and help the operation fully utilize its pulp dryer capacity.

“For more than 50 years, Resolute Forest Products has had a thriving presence in East Tennessee which can be felt far beyond the borders of our state,” Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Tennessee’s global momentum is fueled by companies that extend their brand on a worldwide scale, and with customers in nearly 100 countries, Resolute is one of those companies. I appreciate the company’s decision to further expand and invest in Calhoun, and for the jobs that will be created for our citizens.”

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